John C. Dvorak on Swarms

The Scheme to Discredit BitTorrent,” by John Dvorak, PC Magazine, 20 June 2005,,1759,1829684,00.asp (from Slashdot).

Following up on a 4GPS2 network-on-network attack

Swarms. What Bram managed to figure out was a way to maximize throughput on P2P file distribution that went beyond server-centric methods, multicasting, edge buffering and all the other schemes that have come and gone. Moreover, this idea ends up not costing the person distributing the file a lot of bandwidth [what else besides “files” can be distributed in a physical person-to-person P2P network? — tdaxp[, because the file itself goes into the Net, becomes what is called a swarm, then uploads and downloads itself all over the place in bits and pieces from machine to machine. When you begin to download a file using BitTorrent, your machine immediately starts uploading the exact same file to someone else. This process is kind of like the fission demonstration with the mousetraps and the ping-pong balls, since your download becomes enhanced by others and you get multiple download streams. Meanwhile, you are still delivering bits from your file. Data is flying every which way and higher demand makes it work better!

Swarm, Waiting

Mr. Bram invented bittorrent, a popular tool for trading files. It is easy to see how the same concepts could be applied to war, and how is “bittorrents” could be applied as “wartorrents.”

Not all swarms are friendly. Or even non-deadly.

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